Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-23
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 1.35 Grams
ASW: 0.0387oz
Melt Value: $0.76 (4/17/2014)
Diameter: 16.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1796 "LIKERTY" LM-1 H10C MS obverse 1796 "LIKERTY" LM-1 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

There are just two die pairs known for the half dimes dated 1796, one of which is an overdate (see following entry). Both obverse dies used a defective letter B punch in LIBERTY, but, in the absence of an overdate, this one is popularly collected as the LIKERTY variety. It is the more available of the two die marriages, but all 1796 half dimes are scarce.

This issue is in great demand by type collectors, as there are only two dates to represent the Draped Bust/Small Eagle series. A small number of Mint State pieces have survived, these likely preserved as souvenirs of the new type. As with all early half dimes, these coins were sometimes struck somewhat irregularly, which resulted in areas of weakness and uneven wear.

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Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1796 "LIKERTY" LM-1 H10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1200 1770 3180 4800 9060 9060 12310 12940 13750 17310 21880 25440 28750 35750 50050 - 175000 - - - -
$ 9800 13300 14000 14900 18700 23600 27500 31100 38600 54000 - 189000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 51
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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9/19/2005 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1602 $43,700.00
3/17/2011 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(1), 1153/Lot# 3300 $5,750.00
5/22/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131122/Lot# 26712 $3,688.00
6/12/2011 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3082, 3082/Lot# 1308 $4,255.00
9/7/2011 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1159/Lot# 3306 $1,380.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1262 $1,840.00
2/10/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 738, 747/Lot# 1066 $11,000.00
4/24/2013 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 1625 $7,100.53
7/27/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1690 $4,700.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1796 "LIKERTY" LM-1 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1142116092009267135833877414146044876524354666089668571988247107881595821322290224022856753
47414831742222929753681396542954694499853175673628768567547909412511177462388832757457360
00000039654295469449985317567362876856754790941251117746238883275700
00000040534449478551205391588164867027789799411423419534264553649200
1796 "LIKERTY" LM-1 H10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111111111111111
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5243
Owner: BillJones
 
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